Acts 5:1
New International Version
Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property.

New Living Translation
But there was a certain man named Ananias who, with his wife, Sapphira, sold some property.

English Standard Version
But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property,

Berean Study Bible
Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property.

Berean Literal Bible
Now a certain man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a property,

New American Standard Bible
But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property,

King James Bible
But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,

Christian Standard Bible
But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property.

Contemporary English Version
Ananias and his wife Sapphira also sold a piece of property.

Good News Translation
But there was a man named Ananias, who with his wife Sapphira sold some property that belonged to them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property.

International Standard Version
But then a man named Ananias, with the consent of his wife Sapphira, sold some property.

NET Bible
Now a man named Ananias, together with Sapphira his wife, sold a piece of property.

New Heart English Bible
But a certain man named Ananias, with Sappirah, his wife, sold a possession,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
One man whose name was Khanan-Yah, with his wife, whose name was Shappira, had sold his field.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A man named Ananias and his wife Sapphira sold some property.

New American Standard 1977
But a certain man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property,

Jubilee Bible 2000
But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession

King James 2000 Bible
But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,

American King James Version
But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,

American Standard Version
But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,

Douay-Rheims Bible
BUT a certain man named Ananias, with Saphira his wife, sold a piece of land,

Darby Bible Translation
But a certain man, Ananias by name, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,

English Revised Version
But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,

Webster's Bible Translation
But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,

Weymouth New Testament
There was a man of the name of Ananias who, with his wife Sapphira, sold some property but,

World English Bible
But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira, his wife, sold a possession,

Young's Literal Translation
And a certain man, Ananias by name, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,
Study Bible
Ananias and Sapphira
1Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. 2With his wife’s full knowledge, he kept back some of the proceeds for himself, but brought a portion and laid it at the apostles’ feet.…
Cross References
Joshua 7:18
And he had Zabdi's family come forward man by man, and Achan son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was selected.

Malachi 1:14
"But cursed is the deceiver who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but sacrifices a defective animal to the Lord. For I am a great King," says the LORD of Hosts, "and My name is to be feared among the nations."

Acts 4:37
sold a field he owned, brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet.

Acts 5:2
With his wife's full knowledge, he kept back some of the proceeds for himself, but brought a portion and laid it at the apostles' feet.

Treasury of Scripture

But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,

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Leviticus 10:1-3
And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not…

Joshua 6:1
Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in.

Matthew 13:47,48
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: …







Lexicon
Now
δέ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

a
τις (tis)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5100: Any one, some one, a certain one or thing. An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.

man
Ἀνὴρ (Anēr)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 435: A male human being; a man, husband. A primary word; a man.

named
ὀνόματι (onomati)
Noun - Dative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3686: Name, character, fame, reputation. From a presumed derivative of the base of ginosko; a 'name'.

Ananias,
Ἁνανίας (Hananias)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 367: Of Hebrew origin; Ananias, the name of three Israelites.

together with
σὺν (syn)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 4862: With. A primary preposition denoting union; with or together.

his
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

wife
γυναικὶ (gynaiki)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1135: A woman, wife, my lady. Probably from the base of ginomai; a woman; specially, a wife.

Sapphira,
Σαπφίρῃ (Sapphirē)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4551: Sapphira, wife of Ananias, an early Christian. Feminine of sappheiros; Sapphire, an Israelitess.

[also] sold
ἐπώλησεν (epōlēsen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4453: To sell, exchange, barter. Probably ultimately from pelomai; to barter, i.e. To sell.

a piece of property.
κτῆμα (ktēma)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 2933: From ktaomai; an acquirement, i.e. Estate.
V.

(1, 2) A certain man named Ananias.--The name meets us again as belonging to the high priest in Acts 23:2, and was the Greek form of the Hebrew Hananiah. It had the same significance as John, or Johanan, "The Lord be gracious." "Sapphira," is either connected with the "sapphire," as a precious stone, or from a Hebrew word signifying "beautiful" or "pleasant." The whole history must be read in connection with the act of Barnabas. He, it seemed, had gained praise and power by his self-sacrifice. Ananias thought that he could get at the same result more cheaply. The act shows a strange mingling of discordant elements. Zeal and faith of some sort had led him to profess himself a believer. Ambition was strong enough to win a partial victory over avarice; avarice was strong enough to triumph over truth. The impulse to sell came from the Spirit of God; it was counteracted by the spirit of evil, and the resulting sin was therefore worse than that of one who lived altogether in the lower, commoner forms of covetousness. It was an attempt to serve God and mammon; to gain the reputation of a saint, without the reality of holiness. The sin of Ananias is, in some aspects, like that of Gehazi (2Kings 5:20-27), but it was against greater light and intensified by a more profound hypocrisy, and it was therefore visited by a more terrible chastisement. We may well trace in the earnestness with which St. James warns men against the peril of the "double mind"--i.e., the heart divided between the world and God (James 1:8; James 4:8)--the impression made on him by such a history as this.

Verse 1. - Ananias (Ἀνανίας) In Nehemiah 3:23 the Hebrew name ענַנְיָה (God covers or protects) is thus rendered in the LXX. But the name occurs nowhere else. The very common name הֲנַנְיָה Hananiah (God is gracious), is also rendered in the LXX. Ananias (Ἀνανίας), and is doubtless the name meant here and in Acts 9:10; Acts 23:2, etc. Sapphira does not occur elsewhere. It is either derived from the Aramean שַׁפָירָה, beautiful, or from the Hebrew סַפִיר, a sapphire. A possession (see Acts 2:45). The kind of possession is not specified by the word itself, which applies to houses, fields, jewels, and wealth generally; but the nature of the property is shown by the word χωρίον, applied to it in vers. 3 and 8, which means especially" a parcel of ground" (John 4:5), "a field" (Acts 1:18, 19). 5:1-11 The sin of Ananias and Sapphira was, that they were ambitious of being thought eminent disciples, when they were not true disciples. Hypocrites may deny themselves, may forego their worldly advantage in one instance, with a prospect of finding their account in something else. They were covetous of the wealth of the world, and distrustful of God and his providence. They thought they might serve both God and mammon. They thought to deceive the apostles. The Spirit of God in Peter discerned the principle of unbelief reigning in the heart of Ananias. But whatever Satan might suggest, he could not have filled the heart of Ananias with this wickedness had he not been consenting. The falsehood was an attempt to deceive the Spirit of truth, who so manifestly spoke and acted by the apostles. The crime of Ananias was not his retaining part of the price of the land; he might have kept it all, had he pleased; but his endeavouring to impose upon the apostles with an awful lie, from a desire to make a vain show, joined with covetousness. But if we think to put a cheat upon God, we shall put a fatal cheat upon our own souls. How sad to see those relations who should quicken one another to that which is good, hardening one another in that which is evil! And this punishment was in reality mercy to vast numbers. It would cause strict self-examination, prayer, and dread of hypocrisy, covetousness, and vain-glory, and it should still do so. It would prevent the increase of false professors. Let us learn hence how hateful falsehood is to the God of truth, and not only shun a direct lie, but all advantages from the use of doubtful expressions, and double meaning in our speech.
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